This is Hlengiwe. isn't she beautiful?! She is one of the children that we support through Project O. In the early hours of this morning She climbed into a helicopter and was flown to the top of a mountain in the Valley of a Thousand Hills (her home). Why did we do this? Well at the moment we are in the middle of filming a number of short films to help raise awareness and funds for Project O. Hlengiwe stood on top of the mountain and sang a song while being filmed.
Hlengiwe lives in a hut with her alcoholic uncle and her 4 adult male cousins. She is the only female in the home and due to this she is basically a slave. She does EVERYTHING! Cooking, cleaning, laundry and she has to go to school. Often her uncle makes her stay up into the early hours of the morning doing house work. What saddens me is that this is perfectly acceptable in the Zulu culture. This little girl just wants some one to love her and hold her and there is no one there to do that. She has no one to talk to, what is going to happen when she starts her period? When she has her first crush? Who is there to help her through these times? I am so sad right now.
I don't have any answers. I don't know what to do. And this really frustrates me so much. Please pray for this situation, that God keeps her safe, that He gives her peace and that He gives us an answer. It took me a very long time to say good bye to her today and everything within me wanted to take her home with me, but I cant. At least not yet!